John Acquaviva

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John Acquaviva (born in 1963) is an Italian-born Canadian DJ, producer, artist, and musical entrepreneur.

John began his international career in 1989 with Richie Hawtin by founding one of the world's best known and influential techno labels, Plus 8 Records. The founding of Plus 8 Records put John Acquaviva and Richie Hawtin at the vanguard of the emerging international electronic music movement and DJ culture. In 1993, Acquaviva and Hawtin also founded Definitive Recordings and the label is now celebrating 20 years of club and underground anthems. An acknowledged pioneer of new music and ideas, John was one of the first people to take notice and embrace electronic music’s digital future at the dawn of 2000 by championing Final Scratch. And following that success, John took another step to help found and launch, the largest dance-music download site in the world.

He currently runs Definitive Recordings, a label that he began in 1993 with Richie Hawtin and Karl Kowalski. After the label's hiatus in the late 1990s, Acquaviva relaunched Definitive Recordings in 2005 with an entertainment attorney, Mark Quail. Since then, the label has carved out a name with its distinctive, driving but funky tech house sound and six number one tunes on

Not satisfied with just his own work, John started fostering new artists for his Definitive label, djs and producers such as Olivier Giacomotto, Simon Doty, Damon Jee, DJ Tonio, Jan Van Lier and Dan Diamon.

Having been on the international dj circuit since the founding of Plus 8 in 1990 and on a perpetual world tour ever since, John achieved his commercial pinnacle in 2006, with Acquaviva reaching No.22 on the DJ Mag 2006 list. His international career has spanned well over two decades at the very highest level, throughout thousands of parties with millions of people having heard him play, keeping him in high demand. John has had, both personally and with his label, six number ones and narrowly missed a seventh when his track Sofa King, made together with Olivier Giacomotto, peaked at number two on the overall Beatport chart.

In December John Acquaviva released an official music video for the underground track "Good Music" made together with Alex D'elia, Nihil Young and the US based singer Dan Diamond. Official Music Video For Good Music

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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Transmissions, Volume 1 John Acquaviva 1
1998 John Acquaviva Presents: Skills John Acquaviva 1
1998 Florida 135: From Saturday to Sunday Mix John Acquaviva 1
1999 Cream CD: CCD John Acquaviva 1
2000 From Saturday to Sunday, Volume 1 John Acquaviva 1
2001 Mainhatten Sound John Acquaviva 1
2001 Connected John Acquaviva 1
2003 From Saturday to Sunday, Volume 3 John Acquaviva 1
2004 From Saturday to Sunday, Volume 5 John Acquaviva 1

Album + Compilation + DJ-mix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 From Saturday To Sunday, Volume 2 John Acquaviva 1
2003 Danzooseries John Acquaviva 1
2003 From Saturday To Sunday, Volume 4 John Acquaviva 1
2009 Back To The Future John Acquaviva 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 Italo John Acquaviva & Remo 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Satellite Acquaviva & Lützenkirchen 1

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